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Wednesday, September 04, 2002

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News Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden

Wednesday, September 04, 2002


The BNP-led four-party coalition last night chose former advisor to the first caretaker government and chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Iajuddin Ahmed to run for the presidency. The election is scheduled to be held on September 16.

 A four-party alliance meeting yesterday decided to jointly celebrate the completion of one-year of the alliance government.Addresing the meeting at hr office, Prime Minister Begum  Khaleda Zia asked the leaders and workers of the ruling four-party alliance to guard against the move of the vested quarters to destabilise the political situation in the country.

 The Awami League will join the fourth session of the eighth Jatiya Sangsad, which begins on September 12. The main opposition party will join the session to expose the government's failure to contain law and order downslide, and unabated persecution of opposition leaders and activists, reports Daily Star.

 The ruling BNP holds a daylong meeting of the field level leaders of Khulna and Barisal divisions at the Prodhan Montrir Bhaban today. The meeting is a part of the current move to strengthen organisational activities and expand party network.

 Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday distributed cheques for Taka 1,00,000 (one lakh) among each of the families of those killed in the Malibagh incident on August 15 last.

 Ekushey Television Limited yesterday filed two separate writ petitions with the High Court challenging the closure ot its transmission and seizure of its equipment.

 The Bangladesh Bank (BB) has issued show cause notices on the managing directors of four private commercial banks in connection with irregularities in sanctioning controversial loans to three business groups including absconding Agrwal and Modi.

The Judicial Commission probing police atrocities on students of Shamsunnahar Hall of the Dhaka University (DU) finally submitted its report to the home ministry yesterday helding both the the university authorities and the police responsible for the incident at the women's hall  on July 23 and recommended punishment for the persons concerned.

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Bangladesh and China, at their foreign ministers' level talks, yesterday agreed to further enhance economic cooperation between the two countries to help maintain peace and stability.

 The former mujahideen leader in Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has called for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country. In an audio-cassette delivered to a BBC correspondent, Mr Hekmatyar described foreign troops as occupation forces and said the United States was effectively ruling the country.

 Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is to build two new nuclear power plants at Chashma in central Punjab province and the southern port city of Karachi, state-run media reported on Tuesday. 

President General Pervez Musharraf said Tuesday that he would not allow the return of those who mis-governed the country and that he would like the people of Pakistan to use their vote only to elect honest and good people irrespective of their party affiliation as may set an example of good governace, reports The Dawn.

 An investigation has begun in the Indian city of Calcutta after 18 babies died in the past three days at a state-run hospital. Reports say a shortage of oxygen and hospital beds may have contributed to the high death toll. Angry, grieving parents have surrounded the hospital, with many taking their children for treatment elsewhere. The authorities deny their accusations of negligence, reports BBC.

 The authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh are to investigate the deaths of 11 children in hospital due to an alleged lack of oxygen cylinders.

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Top officers heading US military Special Operations units want to call off the hunt for Osama bin Laden, who they believe is dead, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing military and intelligence officials.

 Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz says Baghdad is ready to work with the U.N. to resolve the crisis between Iraq and the U.S.

 Britain's envoy to India has made a fresh appeal for New Delhi to release British gunrunner Peter Bleach, who is serving a life sentence for his role in an illegal arms drop.

Delegates to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg have resolved a last-minute row between Western and Muslim countries over health issues to clear the way for a final agreement on the global environment.

A new broadcasting bill that aims to limit the broadcasting of international news programs in Indonesia has been approved by the government.

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Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra's dream of regaining the Premier Division League title suffered a big blow when minnows Victoria Sporting Club defeated them 4-2 in the tiebreaker at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

 Bangladesh footballers would take part in this month's Asian Games without any preparation as the Football Federation failed to convince the twenty Premier and First Division clubs to suspend the league and give national coach George Kottan some days to run a short camp.

 The Second Media Meril Cup Football Tournament, organised by the Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) under the sponsorship of Square Toiletries Limited, will be held on September 15 to 25.

 Bangladesh flew out for their tour of Sri Lanka on Wednesday still awaiting their first Test win.  Bangladesh have played 11 Tests drawing one and losing the other 10, since being granted full membership of the International Cricket Council two years ago.

 South Africa's top cricketers finally agreed to sign new International Cricket Council sponsorship contracts Tuesday, clearing the way for them to participate in an international tournament in Sri Lanka later this month.

 Unwilling to budge from their stand that they will not sign the ICC contract, the Indian players are said to be contemplating legal action against the game's governing body.

India and Pakistan experienced contrasting fortunes in Champions Trophy on Tuesday on the eve of their first clash in a major field hockey tournament for 36 years. India scored a rare victory over Australia, winning 3-2, while Pakistan were beaten 3-1 by Olympic champions Netherlands at the 24th edition of the event.

Continuing her march back to the top, Monica Seles dispatched Martina Hingis in straight sets Tuesday to advance to the U.S. Open quarterfinals. In the next round, Seles will face Venus Williams, who held off an upset-minded Chanda Rubin.

Five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis was on Tuesday knocked out of the US Open. The former world No 1 dismissed rumours of her retirement saying she was going 'to stick around for a bit longer'.

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